Cholesterol Question?

I have a doctors appointment set up for the 20th, but I am a curious person and so I wanted your opinions or educated facts, whichever will help 😉

I am a 24 year old overweight female.
I try to work out at least 3 hours a week, I take care of my 4 year old son, and I try to eat healthier than I have in the past.

I went to my general practitioner for a mole that changed shape, texture, size, and color and was itching like crazy.
He tested my blood for everything, including cholesterol.

My iron levels have always been really low (since birth), so I eat a high protein diet. I also love spinach, and can eat that stuff ALL day LOL

When he got my results back, he was baffled by my cholesterol numbers.

My total is 105. My HDL and LDL are in the 50’s, and I can’t remember how much my triglycerides were.

I’ve been trying to look up online on what that could mean and if it’s a problem, and am not having much luck at all.

My doctor chuckled and said if he didn’t notice my weight, he’d say I was malnutritioned.

How…in the world?

My father has high cholesterol, and yet…I don’t?

Does anyone have any information that might helped my poor confused self?

Fat girl with low cholesterol just seems odd to me too! (Not that I’m complaining…buuuttt…)

Is it TOO low? Should I bring this up at my next visit? How would I be able to get my good cholesterol up where it belongs?

Anything is appreciated!
Yes, I understand that being overweight will catch up with me, hence why I’ve been trying to take control of it by trying to eat healthier and having a gym subscription and making sure I stick to that routine. I would bike 2 miles for cardio (the two miles would take be 40 minutes) and then would work on weights when I reached the gym, or I’d walk the 2 miles (at 3.0mph) and then work on the weights and crunches at the gym. Somedays I’d go for the heated pool to do laps or do an hour of very VERY vigorous dance classes they have every Wednesday.

Thank you for the responses so far!

2 comments

  • Fater45

    It does well to note that one should not confuse fat with cholesterol since they are both totally different, and that cholesterol is labeled good or bad based on the function of the lipoprotein and not that there are really good or bad cholesterol. Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs or referred to as bad cholesterol) transport cholesterol from liver via bloodstream to various tissues of the body to be utilized by the cells. Excess remain in the bloodstream to be picked up by high-density lipoproteins (HDLs or referred to as good cholesterol) and be transported back to the liver where it is incorporated with the LDLs for delivery to the cells. And the cycle repeats itself.

    Cholesterol is a crystalline substance that is technically classified as a steroid. It is however calcified as a lipid because it is soluble in fats rather than in water. While we might obtain some of our cholesterol from our diet, 80% of our cholesterol is produced by the liver.

    Cholesterol most of our brain tissues are made up of cholesterol and it is necessary for metabolism, production of hormone, the production of vitamin D, and a lot more vital functions of the body.

    Fiber from fruits and vegetables helps to regulate cholesterol levels. In the following link, the posting that starts with "Ensuring that you have balanced diet will lower cholesterol naturally. (I rather to say "get your cholesterol in proper balance) A balance …" will give you more details that might answer you question.
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApcDBd4MbbqPoPSSBxPTpWTsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090126144143AAOlEzp

    The following link will give you some information on normal cholesterol reading and some of its functions. http://www.the-natural-path.com/normal-cholesterol-levels.html

    Here are two links you will find interesting. They highlight some health hazard, including depression, associated with very low cholesterol levels: http://www.ctds.info/low_cholesterol.html
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cholesterol-level/AN01394

  • Lab Guy

    when results don’t match clinical expectations then retest. They might have made a mistake from labeling errors to sampling errors to reporting errors all the way down the line.

    To answer you question, only fat girls with metabolic syndrome or inherited lipid conditions have lipid abnormalities. It’s possible to have a fat person with lucky genes to not have cholesterol problems, glucose metabolism problems although it will catch up to you as being overweight is not healthy regardless of cholesterol or glucose level.

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